October 2009

October 2009


Sometimes a dark cloud hovers for a moment and inhibits possibilities. Unfortunately September brought with it both personal demise and digital defeat when the foremost hard drive that stores my Scanner archive committed suicide mid project, whilst working on the new Samsung Corby telephone campaign. A week was lost for sleep and anxiety whilst nervously awaiting a response from a data recovery companies. Friends rallied round to offer advice and assistance and finally an almost forensic solution brought back everything, including tears to my eyes. Suffice it to say, triple back ups are now in order for all my work.


September also featured my drumming debut in the surprise wedding band, The Knots, set up for a marriage ceremony in Pula, where we played a modest set including Radiohead’s High & Dry, Gianna Nanni’s Sei nell’anima and Pupo’s Su di noi. In my crisp mod suit I thrashed those drums as hard as I could and remember, we are obviously available for future nuptial ceremonies, hee hee.

To continue this alternative musical flavour Githead debuted material of our forthcoming Landing album at the Ososphere Festival in Strasbourg this month, as well as presenting the first manifestation of our Unknown Cities installation in a giant shipping container beside the ancient Cathedral. Already receiving extraordinary previews the album will be officially released in November so get ready to rock then.


As I hinted at earlier I recently completed the soundtrack and design for the new Samsung Corby mobile campaign and guerilla footage of the launch in Milano can be seen on youtube already, and this month has been especially productive in terms of openings. In collaboration with production company On101 I also recently completed work on designing sound for the DNA sequence of mosquitos as well as additional sonic work on Level 5 at the newly opened prestigious Darwin Centre at the Natural History in London. A series of interactive works have been permanently installed so pop in on your next visit into London.

Over in Sydney Australia I also just created a new work for the exhibition Horror, Come Darkness, curated by Rhonda Davis and John Potts. Open until 11 November the exhibition features contemporary artists using cinematic effects, literary sources and technological visualisation, painting, stills, installation, and video and sound devices, for effecting the simulation of horror. Linked to popular culture, horror has become — for many — the ultimate adrenalin rush. Inducing mind-altering states, the spectacle of horror manifests itself as a means of escapism from the everyday. My installation work is, as you might well imagine, horrific.

Stranger still (as if mosquito DNA, and horror soundtracks weren’t enough) I am also displaying work at the Post & Tele Museum in Copenhagen Denmark for the next year. As part of their exhibition The Black Cabinet ­ Surveillance and Resistance I am presenting some of my earliest controversial scanned mobile phone call interventions for a show about telephonic technologies. The show runs until 24 October 2010.


Over in The Netherlands in the beautiful city of Tilburg I have just curated a film programme for the Film Foyer cinema, as part of their whatfilm event. Presenting film works by Guy Maddin, Jan Svankmajer and The Brothers Quay the event on 28 October is accompanied by other dazzling nights of films chosen by a Belgian artist, Holland’s most popular artblog and an avant garde publisher so I share some fine company.

Friends often comment regarding my absurdly hectic and demanding travel schedule and October regrettably no respite at all, with only one single day at home in my own residence. I begin the month performing live at the Audiodigitale Festival in Dortmund Germany, and then adopt the position of Professor Scanner at Le Fresnoy art school near Lille In France for the next year. I will be off to spend ten intensive days with my team and engage in a complex pédagogie from morning till night.

Then it’s directly back to Milano to work at Instituto Europeo di Design/IED where we have been developing an alternative National Anthem to perform here and in Torino next month as part of the Club to Club fFestival. The month moves towards a close for me in Vancouver at the New Music Festival where I’ll be partaking in the exhaustingly titled ‘copyright/copyleft – A Festival of Sonic Collagism and the Arts of Samples and Repurposed Sounds + Images,’ then finally a live show at Smart Project Space in Amsterdam for a gentle entry into November.

So see you next month, resplendent in exhaustion.



::: listen :::

Ben Frost: By the Throat (Bedroom Community)
David Sylvian: Manafan (Samadhi Sound)
Prefab Sprout: Let’s Change the World with Music (Sony)
Various: Warp20 (Unheard) (Warp)

::: read :::
Monocle Magazine Issue 27
Chris Coughran: Vagabond Holes (Fremantle Press)
Ann Michaels: The Winter Vault (Bloomsbury)
Robert Herrick: Selection of Lyrical Poems (Book Jungle)

::: film:::
Gigantic, Matt Aselton, USA
District 9, Neill Blomkamp, USA/New Zealand
Shrink, Jonas Pate, USA
The September Issue, RJ Cutler


‘Awake Are Only the Spirits’ – On Ghosts and Their Media

Hartware MedienKunstVerein
PHOENIX Halle Dortmund
16 May – 18 October 2009

The exhibition ‘Awake Are Only the Spirits’ – On Ghosts and Their  
Media is dedicated to a topic that appears, at first glance, timeless: it involves the presence of the supernatural – the appearance of ghosts and (trans-)communication with ‘the beyond’ facilitated by technical media. The exhibition shows 22 international artistic positions questioning the existence of ghosts, exploring the integration of new media and technologies in spiritualist contexts, investigating the making-visible or making-perceptible of the invisible, and tracing the political implications as well as the aesthetics of such contemporary trans-communication phenomena. Artists include Lucas & Jason Ajemian, Sam Ashley, Kathrin Günter, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Tim Hecker, Susan Hiller, Chris Marker and Scanner.


Phantom Signals
Horror Come Darkness

Faculty of Arts
Macquarie University
Sydney Australia

24 September – 11 November

Horror, Come Darkness will feature contemporary artists using cinematic effects, literary sources and technological visualisation, painting, stills, installation, and video and sound devices, for effecting the simulation of horror. Linked to popular culture, horror has become — for many — the ultimate adrenalin rush. Inducing mind-altering states, the spectacle of horror manifests itself as a means of escapism from the everyday. Scanner presents a new sound installation ‘Phantom Signals.’

Featuring artists Effy Alexakis, Fabian Astore, Liam Benson, Penny Byrne, Matt Coyle, Mark Davis, Christopher Hanrahan, Alasdair Macintyre, Scanner, Darren Sylvester amongst others.


The Black Cabinet ­ Surveillance and Resistance
Post & Tele Museum
Copenhagen Denmark

09 October 2009 – 24 October 2010

Exhibition exploring a historical look at phone technology and developments. Scanner is presenting early examples of his controversial scanned mobile telephone calls from the 1990s.

Post & Tele Museum

Night Haunts
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner

Artangel Interaction invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at this microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu’s forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose the sound for the site. If you would like to be kept informed as each episode is posted, join artangel’s mailing list by clicking here .


Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel Interaction

NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction’s Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations with people who have a special view on a hidden side of the nocturnal city. Scanner invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King’s Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through music and voice workshops they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative and funny. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.

NightJam presents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced and freely downloaded. Additionally it features remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.